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By Werner Eck

During this concise biography, Professor Werner Eck, one of many world's best specialists at the Roman empire, tells the extreme tale of Augustus, Rome's first emperor. A concise and gripping account of Augustus and his age. Written by way of one of many world's best specialists at the Roman Empire. Examines the transformation of Rome from a republic to a monarchy. Covers family and overseas coverage, constitutional advancements, and cultural achievements. Compares Augustus' personal account of his lifestyles to different old narratives and archaeological files. incorporates a new translation of Augustus' Res Gestae with a brief advent and a considerable bibliography to help additional examine.

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Both boys joined their mother in Octavian’s house after their father died; Nero had named him as the boys’ guardian in his will. Perhaps Nero sensed that such a close link with Octavian represented the best possible improvement of their political prospects, but it could never have entered his mind that 52 years later his elder son would become ruler of the Roman Empire. The path to that rank, at the side of Octavian, the later Augustus, would be long, and filled with both honors and humiliations.

On the site of Octavian’s camp a town was founded in honor of the victory and called Nicopolis. A monument testified to Octavian’s gratitude to Neptune, Mars, and Apollo Actiacus, and every four years games were held to commemorate the turning point brought about by the battle of Actium. Since Antony and Cleopatra organized a last-ditch effort to defend themselves in Egypt, a brief sequel to the battle of Actium was necessary. On August 1 in 30 bc Octavian and his army defeated Antony for a second time near Alexandria.

What may have mattered more was a gesture Octavian made at this time to the inhabitants of Italy to demonstrate that 26 The Path to Formal Legitimation as a Ruler he respected certain social traditions, in particular the rights of property owners. Countless slaves had fled to Pompeius, who had allowed them to join his army and navy. ” In the case of the 6,000 whose former owners could not be traced, Octavian gave orders for all of them to be crucified without mercy. The free men among Pompeius’ followers were offered pardons, however, in particular the officers.

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